Al Sharpton and Ben Crump characterize the household of an unarmed white teenager who was killed by police
In their fight against police brutality in this country, famous black activists Rev. Al Sharpton and lawyer Ben Crump will take on the case of Arkansas teen Hunter Brittain, who was fatally shot by police in June.
Ben Crump has become the lawyer of choice for families of blacks killed by police, including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Al Sharpton and Ben Crump will represent Brittain and his family, saying police brutality harms communities of all races, reports the Washington Post.
17-year-old Brittain was unarmed when he was fatally shot and killed by a sheriff for the White Lonoke County Sheriff on June 23 during a traffic stop in the suburbs of Little Rock, according to police. Crump said the shooting of Brittain will help attract “more interracial support” to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in Congress because “his blood is now on that legislation, as is the blood of Floyd and Breonna Taylor “.
Crump added that representing Brittain’s case is in line with the core principles of his struggle for social justice and the movement against police brutality.
“We have always said the point is to make sure all of our children get home safely and are not killed by the people who are supposed to protect and defend them,” said Crump. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a white, brown or black child.”
Crump added that this situation “will change the way the issue of police violence is portrayed and perceived as the country recognizes that children of all races and ethnicities can be victims”.
“We have always said that our white brothers and sisters cannot imagine their child being killed by the very people they are supposed to protect, and now the tragedy that hit the British.” family [demonstrates] that can happen to them too, ”he said. “It’s closer to home now for people who probably couldn’t understand when it happened to black teenagers.”
Sharpton also gave his reason for taking on this case.
“Hunter didn’t do anything wrong, just like we felt George Floyd didn’t do anything wrong,” Sharpton told reporters outside Brittain’s memorial at Beebe High School. “But if we separate our reactions, we’re wrong.”
Crumps and Brittain’s attorneys attended the memorial, where hundreds gathered to celebrate the high school grad’s life, many wearing # JusticeforHunter t-shirts.
Sgt. Michael Davis, the policeman who allegedly killed Brittain, was fired for failing to activate his body camera in time during the deadly traffic control, which is against the department’s guidelines.
Brittain’s family say the teen was unarmed at the time of the shooting and was holding a jug of antifreeze while repairing his vehicle. The family is demanding that the Lonoke County MP be tried for murder.
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